April 08, 2014

Thomas Jefferson University Hospital Achieves Magnet® Recognition, the Highest Nursing Credential ... Again

(PHILADELPHIA) —Thomas Jefferson University Hospital continues to be among the top 393 hospitals in the world for nursing excellence.

The hospital has again attained Magnet® recognition as part of the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program®. This voluntary credentialing program is the highest honor an organization can receive for professional nursing practice.

“Our re-designation prominently displays our sustainable practices and long-term commitment to nursing excellence,” says Mary Ann McGinley, Ph.D., R.N., senior vice president of Patient Care Services and chief nursing officer. 

“To be re-designated for an additional four years is a tremendous honor and underscores our values and commitment to delivering the highest quality of care to the community.”

Jefferson passed a rigorous and lengthy process that included 3,700-page electronic application demonstrating qualitative and quantitative evidence regarding patient care and outcomes as well as an onsite review of how Magnet concepts, performance and quality were sustained and improved over the four-year period since initial recognition.  “It was a process that involved nurses at all levels and hospital leadership,” says McGinley.  

In addition, the ANCC cited Jefferson as Exemplar in the categories of Professional Development and Patient Experience.  TJUHis one of a few organizations to outperform the benchmark eight consecutive quarters for all patient satisfaction in nursing measures, courtesy and respect, response time, patient education, and careful listening," said the ANCC reviewers about Jefferson’s patient experience.

Of Jefferson’s Professional Development practices, the ANCC stated, “TJUH nurses are fully supported in their professional development, including professional certification review courses and tuition reimbursement, from novice to expert by unit educators, Clinical Nurse Specialists and Professional Development Specialists.”

“Being singled out in these two areas is an extraordinary accomplishment,” says David P. McQuaid, F.A.C.H.E., President, Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals. 

“We take great pride in providing a great experience for our patients as well as the number of development opportunities available to our nurses.” 

Continues McQuaid, “My hat's off to the staff and leadership who have nurtured the Magnet process and led us to Magnet designation yet again.  This recognition further strengthens Jefferson’s position as a leader of quality care and nursing excellence and has played a role in helping us attain Honor Roll status from U.S. News & World Report—placing Jefferson among an elite group of healthcare organizations.”

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Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals

Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals (TJUH) are dedicated to excellence in patient care and education. It is consistently ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the nation's top hospitals.   It has over 950 licensed acute care beds with major programs in a wide range of clinical specialties. TJUH is one of the few hospitals in the U.S. that is both a Level 1 Trauma Center and a federally-designated regional spinal cord injury center.  TJUH patient care facilities include:  Jefferson Hospital, Jefferson Hospital for Neuroscience, and Methodist Hospital in South Philadelphia. Additional out-patient sites are located throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey.  TJUH is a part of Jefferson Health System and a partner of Thomas Jefferson University.

About the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program®

The Magnet Recognition Program® administered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the largest and most prominent nurses credentialing organization in the world, recognizes healthcare organizations that provide the very best in nursing care and professionalism in nursing practice. The Magnet Recognition Program® serves as the gold standard for nursing excellence and provides consumers with the ultimate benchmark for measuring quality of care. For more information about the Magnet Recognition Program® and current statistics, visit www.nursecredentialing.org/magnet.